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Explore the rugged Scottish Highlands

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9 daysFrom $3,465 per person

2020 Tour code: KKR20

About the tour

After traveling on the incredibly scenic Kyle Line Railroad, we explore the rugged Scottish Highlands on a voyage that takes us up Neptune's Staircase, along the Caledonian Canal and passes the glorious islands and idyllic scenery of the Inner Hebrides.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Meet in Inverness

Meet your group and Tour Manager at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness. After checking in, there is time at leisure to explore the historic town before dinner.

Includes
  • Dinner
Inverness
Day 2 - MV Lord of the Highlands

This morning we transfer to Inverness station, where we board the train for a journey on the Kyle Line to Kyle of Lochalsh. Here, your Tour Manager bids you farewell, and you board the luxury MV Lord of the Highlands. For any queries during your time on board, there is an experienced Cruise Director. After settling in, enjoy a welcome reception and a threecourse dinner on board.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
MV Lord of the Highlands
Day 3 - The Isle of Skye

After indulging in our first breakfast on board, we enjoy a morning visit to Eilean Donan Castle, set dramatically in the middle of the confluence of Lochs Duich, Long, and Alsh, before going on to the picturesque village of Plockton. From here, we return to our vessel to sail via Kyle Rhea and the Sound of Sleat to Armadale on the Isle of Skye. Later in the day we visit the Clan Donald Center and Gardens, before we sail to the town of Inverie, located on Loch Nevis.

We moor at Inverie for the night, giving you the chance to have a drink at the Old Forge, which boasts the title of the most remote pub in Great Britain, being 20 miles away from the nearest road.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Isle of Skye
Day 4 - Eigg

This morning we sail around Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly point of mainland Britain. We reach Eigg, a tiny island dominated by 'an Sgurr', a dramatic pitchstone ridge.

Whilst on board, look out for the myriad of marine animals and birds that inhabit the island and its surrounding waters, including minke whales, dolphins, porpoises, and a wide variety of seabirds. After exploring Eigg, we sail into the Sound of Mull towards Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, the second largest Island of the Inner Hebrides.

The route takes us past the dramatic scenery of Scotland's west coast, with views of untouched moorland sloping down to jagged rock faces on the shore. We then arrive in Tobermory, the capital of the Isle of Mull, located in the north of the island. This lovely little fishing port is famed for its brightly coloured houses. We moor here for the night, giving you the chance to further explore the pretty harbor of Tobermory.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tobermory
Days 5-6 - Iona and the West Highland Line

We sail along the Isle of Mull to Craignure today, where we enjoy an excursion to the hidden and beautiful Isle of Iona. This unspoilt island is only accessible from Mull, and is filled with pristine beaches and wild terrain. Later, we return to Craignure, where we sail across to Oban.

Here, we take some time to photograph the lovely 13th century Duart Castle. We moor at Oban overnight On Day 6, we leave Oban to sail along Loch Linnhe to Corpach, located at the entrance of the Caledonian Canal. This afternoon, we take the West Highland line over the beautiful Glenfinnan viaduct to the village of the same name. Tonight, we moor at Corpach.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Iona
Days 7-8 - Neptune’s Staircase and Inverness

We sail this morning to ascend the incredible feat of engineering that is Neptune's Staircase, a flight of eight inter-connected locks that take the vessel along the Caledonian Canal, through Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, and Laggan Avenue. We arrive at our mooring space for the night, Fort Augustus.

Loch Ness is our destination on Day 8. We cross this beautiful stretch of water, which has fostered tales of the famous 'monster' because of it's murky and mysterious depths, and take in the stunning surrounding scenery, including the ruins of Urquhart Castle.

This afternoon, we enjoy a fascinating excursion to Culloden, the site of the battlefield where 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' and his forces were defeated in 1745. We also visit the ancient standing stones of the Clava Cairns. This evening, we enjoy a farewell reception and dinner on board, spending the night moored in Inverness.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Urquhart Castle
Day 9 - Departing Inverness

After breakfast on board, we disembark in Inverness and you are free to make your homeward journey.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Inverness

Additional information

Recommended airport

We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to and from Inverness Airport (INV), which is approximately 10 miles from your base in Inverness. 

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure times

You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

Hotel

Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness

Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness

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Trains

The Kyle Line
Scotrail
West Highland Line

Ship

MV Lord of the Highlands

Reviews

100% of travelers would recommend this tour

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Anonymous

Submitted Oct 10, 2018

Great food, good mix of relaxation and interest.

Dr T James

Submitted Oct 03, 2018

very good atmosphere created by the staff and crew of the Lord of the Glens

Mr S Buckley

Submitted Jun 20, 2018

Everything went well - my only negative was the poor WiFi reception on the ship.

Mr M Dash

Submitted May 30, 2018

We have already made comments to the ship's owners on a few improvements we felt are needed on board.

Mr N Hockley

Submitted Oct 04, 2017

Well organised, well carried out , great venue.

Mr D Stemp

Submitted Sep 28, 2017

Every aspect of the vacation was excellent

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